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Storm Pinnacle: Fashion Watch For Shapeshifters

Well, not exactly. But the dial is able to change colours, depending on the light and angle, because this watch has a special crystal. Here’s the word from Storm and it’s available in turqoise and a damask red, as well as this electric blue.

​The STORM Pinnacle is a bold and contemporary watch with photochromic glass which enables the dial to change through a range of intense colours under different lighting.

The large chunky case has an open side design revealing its raised cut glass. The graduated dial is numbered at 3, 6, 9 and 12 with luminous details which glow in the dark enabling you to view the time in low light conditions. The case width is 43mm btw, so pretty chunky on the wrist.

Quartz movement as you would expect.

The Pinnacle has a thick mesh Interchangeable strap with quick release pins, allowing the strap to be changed for a different look.

It retails at £109.99. More here.

Timex T80 Goes Puple Rain

Purple is definitely one of the in colours this year for watches. Now that may not matter a jot to you, as you proudly continue to wear 90s baggy tops and jeans like Bez n Sean are still twisting your melon man..

If you’re baffled, no worries. It’s a Happy Mondays reference and if you haven’t discovered their hits, then give it a listen sometime. I digress again, let’s examine the spec on this Timex T80 which has a cool 80s vibe about it.

You can get a milspec green one, which is more Ukraine $30 billion dollar freedom fighter if you prefer. Both have a night light, timer, alarm, expanding steel bracelet and 30m of water resistance. Retail is £65, which is a bit more than the classic Casio retro digital models, which start at about £30 online and rise to £55-ish for the bigger 36mm case variants.

Entry level on the Casio is about 33mm, but you get the same 30m resistance and a steel strap.

One for sure, buying a new 80s digital watch is way cheaper than trying to get an original example repaired. More at the Timex UK site here.

MVMT Adds Midnight Blue Chrono

Fashion brand MVMT has added a midnight blue colour option to its quartz powered chronograph.

The watch sells at £269 and has old school pushers, minimalist hands and dial layout, plus a mineral crystal. It’s a big 45mm wide watch and the strap is ceramic material as well as the case, so you get that smooth, luxury feel that Rado fans know and love.

Would we like a bigger date window? Yes, that 4 o’clock one is a tad small.

But at considerably less cash than a Rado chrono. OK, this is a fashion brand watch, not a Swiss quality product. But if you like the look of it, find out more here.

Looking For a Luxury Alarm Clock?

If you are then this new one from Mondaine should be just the ticket. In grey, green or blue dial colours, it has that Swiss railway vibe that Mondaine fans know and love. Plus it retails at $230. Yep. Not cheap. Just like a rail ticket in Switzerland in fact.

For that sum you get an aluminium case, a stand, or you can wall mount it. Plus a quartz movement.

Yes, it looks very nice. But it’s one for the fanbois. Or fangoirls.

More here.

 

 

Watch Picks: Timex New Arrivals

It’s always worth looking at the latest models from Timex.

We love them because yeah, it’s a fashion brand, but they market their heritage with some elan.  OK, the modern ones aren’t going to be truly collectable, but hey, they do the timekeeping job with more panache than many other fashion brands in the same price range.

Yes Daniel Wellington, Kors, MVMT, Boss, Armani, Cluse etc. we are looking at you.

Here’s our picks from the latest new Timex stuff then.

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN?

We have a Midtown model featuring a 38mm case which is kinda in vogue this year after the Rolex releases earlier in the year. Plain, simple dial, bit small on the date window maybe? But overall, a classic design with mineral crystal for £130.

Details like the QR strap and globe logo on the caseback add a little something, but it’s still expensive for what it is. Rivals like the Accurist Classic, (£70) MVMT Classic (£50) offer budget options. We also saw an Orient quartz on Amazon for £120 with a three hand, white dial design.

EXPEDITION SIERRA

We love the blue and white dial variants on the Expedition Sierra models. Again, a tiny date window lets down a classic field watch design and it has the Indiglo push button illuminator for night time.

At £79 this one makes a viable alternative to a Seiko auto field watch, which can be had online for just over £100.

Priced at £80 this is more affordable.

WATERBURY CLASSIC

The 40mm Waterbury Classic has a bold white dial, easy to read numbers and er…a gold tone crown. Nope, we don’t see why you’d fit a gold crown onto a steel case either. On the upside it has the Indiglo night light plus a mineral crystal and QR strap. Practical? Yes indeed.

However, at £100 this one is too spicy for us and we think the retro Sekonda 1960s model offers more style for about £30-£40 less.

More info at the Timex UK website. 

Bell+Ross BR-05 Skeleton Ltd Edition

The word from Bell+Ross, who have a new skeleton addition to their range. It has a 40mm steel case, comes with a green strap option, or steel bracelet, and is limited to 500 pieces.

Here’s the word;

Traditionally used in fine watchmaking, the technique of skeleton work magnifies the mechanism by cutting out the maximum material to reveal the essential. 

This watch exposes its mechanical heart:the BR-CAL-322 calibre, Swiss Made, with automatic winding. The geartrain that drives it, engages in a fascinating ballet. 

The movement and dial assembly are based on a complex construction: it consists of the watch mechanism covered with a green tinted crystal, then a flange housing the indexes, all magnified by sapphire crystal.

It’s a limited edition of 500 pieces and we like the way the caseback looks a bit like an alloy wheel on a sports coupe. Prices start at £5400, which is at the CW Sellors website in the UK.

Verdict: You have to love that whole aviation cockpit dials thing to worship Bell+Ross. Other Swiss rivals offer a sounder investment long term, and some might say a less utilitarian vibe, for around £3000-£3500.

Citizen Pufferfish: 200m Dive Watch, £399. Nice Deal.

Latest dive watch from Citizen is the Promaster Pufferfish, well that’s what we’re calling it. Sure to become the general nickname for it, just like a Seiko Turtle.

Nice white dial, 42mm case and 200m of resistance. We like the novelty air tank box too. Nice touch. Have to say £399 is very reasonable for this spec when you look at how Seiko have price walked their dive watches up several notches during the Plandemic.

Here’s the word from Citizen;

An iconic classic is reimagined in the polished style of the new Promaster Dive Automatic men’s watch. Going deeper into history of the original version of this diving watch, it was used by the Italian Navy and released in 1989 for the new generation of dive watch enthusiasts.

A design element that stands out is the distinctive, serrated bezel design that was inspired by a fugu, the Japanese name for pufferfish. Featuring a 3-piece, 42mm case, sapphire crystal, and a silver-tone stainless steel case and bracelet, the black rotating bezel with an easy-grip aluminium ring surrounds the white dial and luminous hands and markers, while the case back features an engraving of a pufferfish.

This advanced automatic watch features a circa 42 hour power reserve, is ISO compliant with a screw-down crown and water resistance to 200 metres. Presented in an exclusive collector’s dive tank style box.

A Waiting List For a Hamilton? Yep, Seriously

The latest from Hamilton is a surprising one; a vintage aviation style chronograph, with a grey dial, modest 40mm case width and vintage details like the military style numbers and lume.

At £1800 this isn’t cheap and even with a 60 hour reserve and sapphire crystal, there are cheaper alternatives around from many Indie brands. You can pre-order on the website by the way, so yeah, they are trying that waiting list tactic beloved of Rolex and other brands.

Here’s the word from Hamilton;

With a distinct vintage military aviation design, the Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical Chronograph brings back the form and function of the chronographs issued to British Royal Air Force pilots in the 1970s. Rugged and reliable, the 40mm watch is powered by our exclusive hand-wound H-51-Si movement.

Verdict: Beautiful old school styling but should be around £1300 RRP.  Alternatives include a Forza Drive King quartz at £400, a Certina DS-2 quartz at £700 or a Baltic Bicompax 002, which admittedly only has a Seagull movement. Only £540 though.

There is always the classic choice of picking up a Breitling Top Time secondhand for about the same £1800 asking price for this Hamilton. I guarantee the Breitling will have a higher resale value after 1 year, or 100 years.

Zelos Hammerhead Bronze is Back

The latest from Zelos, as a popular bronze case model makes a comeback. Nice that it’s a little bit slimmer in profile, plus you get 300m of resistance for not too much money.

For us, the Bronze Frost, featuring a white dial is one of the sharpest lookers in the range. All the Hammerheads are 44mm wide by the way, so pretty beefy. Here’s the word;

The Hammerhead in bronze was one of our most popular designs launched back in 2016 and we are excited to bring it back in its third iteration. This V3 edition slims the watch to a wearable 13.5mm thick while keeping to its compact size with 48mm lug to lug. This makes the Hammerhead wear smaller than its diameter suggests.

Despite rising costs in materials, movements and shipping, these are priced to offer excellent value at only $349USD for the launch.

The Bronze and Teal fume dial is a crowd favorite, and we have added some new colorways to the lineup such as the iridescent Mother of Pearl. These look striking on your wrist and make for the perfect summer watch.

Besides the bronze cases, we are also proud to present 3 new limited editions with special case materials. These are the dense tantalum, woodgrained Damascus steel, and the lustrous crystallised titanium.

Check them out here

The Hammerhead drops on the 6th of May at 11pm Singapore time. Here’s a quick link for timezone conversion HERE

Quantities for these are limited as usual and won’t be restocked after they are sold out.

Milus Snow Star Boreal Green

Milus watches has sent us info on their Snow Star model, which is available in a striking Boreal green dial version. It’s just launched, priced at 1690 CHF. Here’s the word;

The robust 904L steel casing gleams with its mirror polished finishing. The sunray brushed green dial traces the path of “Dauphine” hour hands over hand-laid indexes.

The elongated case blends seamlessly into harmonious contours. The choice of a leather beige strap leaves the spotlight for the Snow Star itself. A brilliant stroke of red to the 3 o’clock date counter sharpens its character.

The ETA 2892 movement, a watchmaker’s jewel, gives the watch an ultimate sense of nobility.

INSPIRED BY THE AURORA BOREALIS
The color green refers to the Boreal forests that can be only found in the northern hemisphere of Earth, mainly between latitudes 50° and 60° N. The bright and bold “Boreal Green” dial encapsulates the uniqueness of the green polar lights and makes you feel as the traveler exploring the beauty of Nordic nature. 
Thanks to its sunray-finish, the Boreal Green dial captures the light, creating a characteristic subtle glow that changes with each movement of the wrist.
More info here.